Category Archives: Argentina

Argentina: Tehuelche-Mapuche Communities Receive More Than 9,000 Hectares of Land

On Saturday, September 10th, the Argentinian government returned 9,475 hectares (more than 23,000 acres) of land to the Tehuelche and Mapuche communities living new in Las Heras (located in the northern portion of the Santa Cruz province). The agreement was adopted by the Consejo Agrario Provincial and copies of the agreement were provided to the Governor and Mayor in a ceremony on September 10th that saw the transfer of land come to fruition. Continue reading

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Argentina: Two Police Officers Arrested for Murder of Toba (Qom) Man

On November 23, 2010 a violent clash broke out between the Toba people and police forces near the town of Laguna Blanca. That incident resulted in the death of two individuals — one Toba man and one police officer. On Monday, September 5th, Judge Santos Gabriel Garzón ordered the arrest of two police officers and charged two Toba individuals for their respective roles in that incident. The two officers were charged with murder of the Toba man, while the two Toba men were charged with lesser crimes. Continue reading

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Argentina: Mapuche Communities Heavily Affected by Chilean Volcano

Nearly three weeks after the Puyehue Volcano began erupting in Chile on June 4th, Mapuche communities in Argentina are still struggling to deal with the consequences. Communities throughout the Río Negro province in Argentina received anywhere from two to more than 40 centimeters of ash, oftentimes mixing with rain and snow to make the situation worse. Although no human deaths have been attributed to the volcano, there have been reports of respiratory illnesses and projections that hundreds of thousands of head of livestock may ultimately be lost. As such, the Mapuche communities of  Río Negro declared a state of emergency on June 6th, and have been seeking assistance since. Continue reading

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Argentina: Qom (Toba) and Government Agree to Hold Round Table Discussions

On May 2nd, Argentina’s Minister of the Interior, Florencio Randazzo, and Qom Community leader Félix Díaz met for six hours to discuss the Community’s ongoing protests and hunger strike over various issues — most notably those related to land in the Formosa Region. Ultimately, the two sides signed an agreement to hold round table discussions beginning this Monday (May 9th). Continue reading

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Argentina: Government Evicts Qom (Toba) Protestors; Agrees to Meet with Community

On Saturday, April 30th, 2011, the Argentine Government (through its police) presented a legal notice to the Qom community members who had been blocking traffic in Buenos Aires for five days. The legal notice stated that the protestors needed to cease camping in the road if they wanted the Government to discuss any issues with them. The protestors complied with the order peacefully and hope to open a dialogue with the Government soon. Continue reading

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Argentina: Qom Community (Toba) Begin Hunger Strike, Stop Traffic

On Monday, April 25th, at least fifteen members of the Qom community (of the Toba people) began a hunger strike in Buenos Aires because, they claim, the Argentine Government has not upheld promises it has made in the past, largely related to land. In addition to the hunger strike, more than 150 community members along with other supporters have been protesting and blocking traffic at an intersection in the capital city for the past four days. Joining the demonstrators in their claims is a growing chorus of support both nationally and internationally. Continue reading

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